God and patience. Sometimes it’s hard to put the two together. I looked up the definition for patience in Webster’s dictionary, and this is what it said it meant: Now let us think about that definition, and what it has to do with God and patience and waiting on God’s timing.
- Bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint.
- Manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain.
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:25
Do you have patience as described here? Does this help to bring God and patience together? I know for a fact, that I can say in ALL honesty, that I don’t, not ALL the time. As a matter of fact, it seems patience is very lacking in our world today.
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As a country, we have gotten so busy and live in an instantaneous world nowadays. You have Church, Lifegroup, family, work, house cleaning, kids, grocery shopping, laundry, cooking, bathing, etc…I mean as a woman, when do we EVER get to slow down right? We’re putting everyone else’s wants and needs, before our own. That, beloved, is just how we are wired.
However, God expects us to remain patient in waiting! God and patience are supposed to go hand in hand!
That my friends will reveal our true character, and what’s in our hearts, when we’re forced to WAIT, by God, for our good, and his Glory. I know what you’re thinking. Who has the time to be patient right? All that are entering our minds, is having to wait for _____? And we don’t like to wait for anything, do we? We know what we want, and we want it right now. Not somewhere down the road. I’m just gonna tell y’all the plain outright truth.
We are always gonna be waiting for:
- Something to start, and waiting for it to end.
- More financially stable.
- Get a better home or car.
- The diagnosis you long for.
The waiting list can go on and on doesn’t it?
It can be really hard at times, however, to keep a joyful attitude, when we cry out to God, and our prayers aren’t being answered. We want them answered in our timeframe instead of God’s. I confess that I lack patience in “waiting” to see the salvation of my children. Here I am living a Christian life trying to model Christ and all I encounter is a wall being put up.
I don’t want them to feel as if I’m judging them, that alone is for God to do. But it troubles my heart and soul so much, to know they haven’t accepted Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior of their life. God forbid something would happen to them, before taking their last breath on this earth, and NOT be ready, to kneel before God. I just can’t fathom the thought of it.
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Losing Patience in Waiting
When we’re running late we tend to lose our patience rather quickly, don’t we? We become flustered and everything amplifies that such as:
- For instance, let’s say you left your house late for work.
- You get behind EVERY slow driver possible.
- Then along comes a school bus.
- Guess what, they have umpteen stops to make, and you can’t pass them, not that we should.
- They’re carrying precious cargo ya know.
- Let’s not leave out the driver, that runs a red light, and then cut’s you off.
I am so guilty of yelling, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?”
Are you willing to show patience then, or are you hollering in your vehicle at them? The ONLY thing running through our mind at that point, is hurrying up and get out of my way already will you!! You know what I’m talking about right? Flashing your headlights and honking your horn, meanwhile your blood pressure sky-rockets, and you’re getting more upset by the minute. Now slow down and take a breath. Are any of these scenarios their fault? No, it isn’t! We are the one who was running late, but yet we proceed to lose our patience, and cast blame and point fingers, at them instead of us. Talking about an eye-opener for me!
Lacking Patience through Difficult Seasons
When you are going through a season, of unending difficulty, it can be hard to be joyfully patient, in the midst of them. Satan will come at your mind, ready to pounce and tempt you, with ALL kinds of crazy stuff. Plus if darkness is constantly surrounding you, and you see no light, at the end of the tunnel.
We may start questioning God:
- Do you know what you’re doing here Lord?
- Haven’t you piled enough on me Lord?
- How long do you expect me to wait for Lord?
But God says waiting is good for us, because it produces patience within us. I want to give you a few examples, of why God expects us to be patient and remain joyful in all things. We want to make sure we’re not mad at God.
Waiting strengthens our patience:
If we can’t wait on God, to do a small thing for us in our life, we’re NEVER going to be willing to wait on him, to do something much bigger, than we can EVER comprehend, with our natural eye. We tend to look at what’s in front of us, whereas God is wanting, to do a heart change within us.
Waiting fills us with anticipation:
We will appreciate things more, when God says not right now, wait on my timing. His timing is ALWAYS on time. We may not think it is, but God knows best. We will value something more, the longer we have been made to wait for it.
Waiting will reveal our hearts true motives:
We will find out rather quickly, what lies in our hearts when facing a challenge we don’t like. The longer God is making us wait on something, the more we will want to take charge and make it happen for ourselves. Hello, God doesn’t operate that way. God is in charge…..NOT US!
Waiting will build our character:
God is wanting to conform us, to be more like his son. When you’re put in a situation, that’s completely out of your control, you will turn to Jesus, as your source of strength, instead of relying on yourself. It changes you from the inside out, which is the reason, God is making us wait to start with.
Waiting builds a stronger relationship between you and God:
While we’re forced to wait, we will be more apt to seek God’s face, read God’s word, and Pray more, which will deepen the intimacy between ourselves and him. We may not always understand the reasons why, God is making us wait, but rest assured God will be right beside us, the whole entire time. He’ll NEVER ask us to wait alone.
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4 Truthful Ways to Be Patient on God’s Timing
Pray more fervently
The number one way to wait on God’s timing is prayer. Go to God in prayer first and foremost and let the holy spirit guide you and pray for the following:
- Patience and strength during the waiting.
- God to reveal what he wants you to learn through the waiting.
- Our heart to be open to the work God’s doing through the waiting.
- Transformation and renewal.
Read and study God’s word
Trust me, friend, I know how hard it can be to trust God’s timing in difficult seasons and the last thing we want to do is read our bible. That being said however is what Satan wants us to not do also. His job is to keep us down and out and separated by God and his word. The bible is our lifeline…remember this above all else.
Surrender to the work God is wanting to do
When God is working on making a heart change in our lives or carrying us through particular seasons of life, it may take time to fully work out the plans he has for us. Remember God’s timing is perfect and always on time. So we must submit to God’s timeline NOT ours. Let go of our attempts to control and plan our way out and allow God to lead.
There’s usually a lesson to be learned
More often than not there’s usually a sin in our life we need to confess, deal with, and turn away from. Possibly there is a habit we’re hanging onto and our stubbornness doesn’t want to release it and let it go. I suggest to dig deep and let God do the work in our life and heart that he’s wanting to do. Although the waiting period is hard we learn the most through those seasons.
Scriptures to remind ourselves to remain patient:
Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Romans 12:12
Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace. Proverbs 15:18
The end of something is better than its beginning. Patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8
With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices. Psalm 37:7
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. Exodus 14:14
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Colossians 3:12
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice, blessed are all those who wait for him. Isaiah 30:18
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In Closing on 4 Truthful ways to Be Patient on God’s Timing
One last verse to cling to sweet friend:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Remember sweet friend to hold onto hope. Have patience in the waiting and lean into God more than ever before. Trust that there is a purpose in the waiting. Be thankful for God’s faithfulness and use this time to prepare your heart for the work God is wanting to do through you. Also, make it a priority to be around other Christian friends, that you can talk to and share your toughest battles with. Keep one another encouraged and lifted up!